Microsoft adds Teams app integrations for video meetings

Microsoft Teams users can now access a range of third-party and custom applications during video meetings, removing the need to switch screens mid-conversation.

Among the 20 apps available with Teams Apps for Meetings are task management apps from Asana and, polling tools Slido and Polly, and video interview software from HireVue and Talview. Microsoft’s own Forms app is also accessible and the company is encouraging developers to build their own integrations for Teams video, according to a Microsoft blog post Monday.

Although Microsoft already has some 700 or so third-party and Office 365 apps that integrate with Teams chat, the integrations for video meetings are new. They serve the same basic purpose, however; as with traditional app integrations, Teams Apps for Meetings will let users carry out simple interactions without switching focus during a video meeting. That means co-workers discussing the progress of a project can quickly add a new action in Asana, for instance, without interrupting the conversation.

The announcement follows rival Zoom’s move to add added third-party integrations to its own video platform. Zoom announced its “Zapps” integrations at the Zoomtopia conference last month, featuring a wider range of third-party applications, including Slack, Salesforce, Dropbox and Coda.

Microsoft’s addition to Teams “mirrors” Zoom’s own platform-based approach, said Raul Castanon, a senior analyst at 451 Research/S&P Global Market Intelligence. Both vendorsare now seeking to enhance the value of their respective tools by tapping into external applications.

It’s an approach pioneered by Slack, which has benefitted from allowing customers to connect apps of their choice to the chat-based collaboration platform.

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